The Internet is an all pervasive phenomenon. It is no mere technology, something that stands separate to us. It is not a discrete tool that we can pick up and
The Internet is an all pervasive phenomenon. It is no mere technology, something that stands separate to us. It is not a discrete tool that we can pick up and use at will. The Internet is far more. Piggybacking on the human instinct to connect, communicate and socialise the Internet has insidiously both penetrated into our most personal spaces, and sucked our most personal information into the globe-spanning surveillance network called “the cloud”.
Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message” which Wikipedia translates as: “meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in any message it would transmit or convey, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived”. As insightful as that observation was for its time (1964) in the age of the Internet it now seems like a massive understatement.
In our day it is not only discrete messages, such as TV broadcasts or newspaper articles that are mediated. In the social media age every aspect of an individual’s life is now mediated and therefore infected by the medium. This has innumerable impacts on the work we do as analysts, from the way the internet is entangled with the inner lives of our patients, through to the responsibilities and risks the internet brings to our clinical work. The monthly meeting in June will focus on this latter aspect. What responsibilities and risks do ethical practitioners need to be aware of in the hyper-connected world of the internet?
The meeting will include a prepared presentation on the topic to cover the key issues, and will provide some practical advice and resources. However, there will also be a significant proportion of time given over to discussion – attendees are encouraged to bring issues and questions for discussion.
Stephen Garratt is a member of AJA who is in private practice in London. Before training as an analyst Stephen had a 20 year career in Internet media and technology.
(Tuesday) 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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